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  • SINGAPORE, March 17- Gold prices hovered close to their lowest in over three months on Tuesday as traders waited for this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting to gauge the timing of an U.S. rate hike, while platinum stood near its lowest in 5-1/ 2 years. Spot gold had edged up 0.1 percent to $1,154.96 an ounce by 0043 GMT, close to last week's levels of $1,147.10, the...

  • TOKYO, March 17- Nissan Motor Co said on Tuesday it was suspending production at its St. Petersburg plant between March 16 and March 31 due to weak sales in the Russian market. Nissan builds the X-Trail, Murano, Teana and Pathfinder models at the St. Petersburg factory. Nissan has plans to eventually double production capacity in St. Petersburg to 100,000 vehicles a...

  • CARACAS, March 16- Venezuela said on Monday it has paid off its 1 billion euro Global 2015 bond, the first foreign debt maturity in a year of heavy bond payments that have stretched the OPEC nation's coffers amid a period of low oil prices. "Venezuela in 2015 will continue, despite lower oil prices... to fulfill its international obligations, one by one," he said in a...

  • SINGAPORE, March 17- U.S. crude futures held below $44 a barrel on Tuesday on concerns U.S. crude stockpiles could hit a record high for a tenth straight week, while Libya and Iran may add to output in an already oversupplied market. *U.S. crude for April delivery was unchanged at $43.88 a barrel as of 0033 GMT after it closed down 96 cents in the previous session, having...

  • *Bank of Japan expected to maintain policy, economic assessment. TOKYO, March 17- Asian shares got a boost on Tuesday from Wall Street's rise, as investors positioned for the possibility that weaker-than-expected U.S. data will prompt the Federal Reserve to adopt a cautious stance this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.8...

  • It will be overseen by two rookie Budget Committee chairmen in the Senate and House of Representatives. The orthopedic surgeon from Georgia is also widely expected to recycle controversial changes to Medicare championed by his predecessor, Paul Ryan, which would turn the popular health care program for seniors into a system of subsidies for private...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- Boeing Co on Monday said it could clinch a deal this year to build a high-throughput communications satellite for top technology companies such as Google Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc or Apple Inc.. Boeing and other satellite makers have been eyeing a new source of demand from technology firms such as Google and Amazon.com, given their...

  • CARACAS, March 16- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday the South American OPEC country would keep servicing its debt and find resources despite a tumble in oil prices. Concerns that Venezuela could default on foreign debt have pushed yields to the second highest of any emerging market nation. Earlier on Monday, Venezuela paid off its 1 billion...

  • *Japan's biggest firms to announce wage plans on Wednesday. TOKYO, March 17- Most Japanese firms plan to raise salaries by at least the same degree as last year, but even two years of wage hikes will not be enough to compensate workers for increases in the cost of living, a Reuters poll showed. In results that come a day before Japan's biggest firms announce wage plans...

  • TOKYO, March 17- Most Japanese firms are set to raise salaries by at least the same degree as last year, but even two years of wage hikes will not be enough to compensate workers for an increase in the national sales tax, a Reuters poll showed. Below are the questions and answers to the poll conducted between March 3 and March 16 for Reuters by Nikkei Research.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 16- Legendary tech analyst Mary Meeker testified she had never encountered discrimination against women as a senior partner at venture firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers, as a trial that sparked a wide discussion about gender in Silicon Valley entered its fourth week. Kleiner called Meeker to the stand on Monday in San Francisco...

  • MELBOURNE, March 17- BHP Billiton has positioned its South32 spin-off for future growth, tipping in much less debt than expected to the new company made up of BHP's unloved assets when it lists in May. In the longer term, BHP would be better placed to achieve "substantial productivity gains beyond the $4 billion per annum already targeted" by the end of 2016/ 17, Chief...

  • CARACAS, March 16- Venezuela's government has told the country's food industry that it is limiting dollar disbursements for food imports so that it can pay down foreign debt amid low oil prices, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. At the same time, concerns Venezuela could default on foreign debt have pushed its yields to the second...

  • The CFIA, which suspended the license on February 26, publicized the suspension on Friday, saying Costco Wholesale Corp did not consistently apply adequate food safety controls. Costco operates 89 warehouses in Canada and reported Canadian revenue of $17.94 billion in 2014.. The Canadian Press, citing an e-mail from Costco, said the suspension came about as a...

  • UPDATE 1-Uber CFO Brent Callinicos steps down Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 6:33 PM ET

    March 16- Uber Technologies Inc's Chief Financial Officer Brent Callinicos is stepping down, the online taxi service's CEO said in an email to investors. The company has not named a replacement to Callinicos, but Gautam Gupta, "Brent's right hand on Strategic Finance" will be the acting head of the finance division, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick said in the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said on Monday he is making progress with his Democratic colleagues on a bill to streamline the passage of free-trade deals through Congress. "We're making headway," Hatch told reporters. Hatch has been negotiating with the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden, and the Republican...

  • March 16- Wayne Farms Inc, the sixth-largest poultry producer in the United States, filed with U.S. regulators in an initial public offering of common stock. Wayne Farms counts Nestle SA, Costco Wholesale Corp and Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain known for its chicken sandwiches, among its clients. Net income of Wayne Farm LLC, a subsidiary of Wayne Farms Inc, rose...

  • March 16- Credit Suisse Group Inc will pay $10 million in cash and provide $6.25 million worth of advisory work to Freeport-McMoRan Inc to settle allegations it contributed to the natural resources company having overpaid significantly for two oil and gas companies. The settlement was disclosed on Monday in a filing with the Delaware Chancery Court.

  • Uber CFO Brent Callinicos steps down- WSJ Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 6:13 PM ET

    March 16- Uber Technologies Inc's Chief Financial Officer Brent Callinicos is stepping down, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an email from the online taxi service's CEO. Callinicos, a former Google Inc executive, will be an advisor to Uber. No replacement has been named yet, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told investors in the email, the Journal said.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican, said on Monday he is making headway with his Democratic colleagues on a bill to streamline the passage of free-trade deals through Congress. "We're making headway," Hatch told reporters. Hatch has been negotiating with the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden, and the Republican...